Ronnie, who asked for her surname not to be revealed, is one of the lucky ones.
She became wise to the smooth scammer's moves before she parted with any cash.
But when the Sunshine Coast nurse saw an attractive-looking, professional man on the Maturefreeandsingle website seven weeks ago, she decided to sign up.
"It's hard to face up to the reality of the situation and realise that this person is only interested in your money." THE BEGINNING: How the romance started.
"It started off as a bit fun, but at the back of my mind I thought it would be great to find somebody.
"It can be quite easy to pick a scammer, if you know what you are looking for.
Of course you don't want to believe it as you have invested so much emotion in the connection you have made.